Army responded after being ‘provoked to the ultimate': Northern Army Commander

Mubarak Ansari
Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Pune: Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Devraj Anbu on Wednesday said the firing in Shopian in Jammu & Kashmir on January 27, which claimed the lives of three civilians, was done in self-defence in the face of the "ultimate provocation" by a stone-pelting crowd. 

He was interacting with journalists on the sidelines of the celebration of the 198th Group Day of the Army's Bombay Engineer Group and Centre (BEG&C), Khadki, popularly called The Bombay Sappers. 

Pune: Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Devraj Anbu on Wednesday said the firing in Shopian in Jammu & Kashmir on January 27, which claimed the lives of three civilians, was done in self-defence in the face of the "ultimate provocation" by a stone-pelting crowd. 

He was interacting with journalists on the sidelines of the celebration of the 198th Group Day of the Army's Bombay Engineer Group and Centre (BEG&C), Khadki, popularly called The Bombay Sappers. 

Lt Gen Anbu added, “It is an initial step, they have lodged FIR. Everything will come out in investigation. Notwithstanding what the state government did, we had our own inquiry and are clear that we responded when we were provoked to the ultimate. That is an unfortunate thing, in such a case a generic FIR should have been filed. I think they have prematurely put the name of an individual. I am sure when they investigate truth will come out.” 

The FIR was registered against two Army officers by the Jammu and Kashmir Police. The FIR is registered for offences under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of Ranbir Penal Code against the personnel of 10, Garhwal Rifles, of the Army. An Army Major, who led the Army personnel at the time of the incident, was also named in the FIR. 

Bombay Sappers Reunion 2018 
The Bombay Sappers celebrated its Reunion 2018 from January 28 to 31. The Reunion, organised every four years, coincided with the 198th Group Day, thus completing 198 glorious years of valour. Reunion 2018 provided an opportunity to all serving ranks of Bombay Sappers to interact with veterans. 

The Reunion had events including Cross Country Championship, Regimental Get-together, Commemoration Parade, Para Motor Display & Para Jump and Special Sainik Sammelan by Lieutenant General D Anbu, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Colonel of the SIKHLI Regiment & Honorary Colonel Commandant of The Bombay Sappers. He addressed the troops during the special sainik sammelan on Wednesday. The Colonel Commandant’s Banner was presented to 110 Engineer Regiment being adjudged as the best Regiment of the Bombay Sappers for the year 2016-17. The General Officer also awarded on the spot commendation cards to five Bombay Sappers individuals for outstanding contribution. 

A ceremonial parade was organised to pay tribute to The Bombay Sappers war heroes and martyrs. Lt Gen Anbu reviewed the parade which was attended by about 1,000 veterans and serving personnel. 

Indian position on LOC strong 
Lt Gen Anbu said, “Our position is very strong on the LOC (Line of Control). Whenever there is some act from the other side, we effectively respond in professional manner." 

"Terrorism has stabilised to a large extent. In 2017, as many as 213 terrorists were killed and a large number of them are the leadership, who have come from across the border," he added.  

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